Yegor Grebnev

Yegor Grebnev

Yegor studies ancient Chinese history and texts. He is particularly interested in comparative research, using evidence from other ancient cultures to elucidate China's past. He is involved in several ongoing collaborations that aim to solve centuries-old problems of ancient Chinese history using both textual and archeologial sources. Apart from his work on China, Yegor has initiated several international collaborations in the field of manuscript and epigraphic studies that unite teams of qualified researchers working on a broad range of pre-modern cultures.


  • “Aural-mnemonic architectonics of ancient Chinese philosophical texts. An approach inspired by Soviet Sinology and South Asian Parallels” in Monumenta Serica 68.2 (2020).

  • “Numerical lists of foundational knowledge in early Chinese and early Buddhist traditions” in Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques 74.4 (2020).

  • With Konstantin Chugunov and Jessica Rawson: “Allies and victims of Shang China” in Stratum Plus 2020(2). In Russian.

  • 從文體角度再論“太公”文獻系統與《逸周書》之間的關係 (“The connection between the Yi Zhou shu and the ‘Grand Duke’ traditions from the form-critical viewpoint”) in Tōyō bunka 99 (2019). In Chinese.

  • “The record of King Wu of Zhou's royal deeds in the Yi Zhou shu in light of Near Eastern royal inscriptions” in Journal of the American Oriental Society 2018(1).

  • “The Yi Zhou shu and the Shang shu: the case of texts with speeches” in: Martin Kern and Dirk Meyer (eds.) The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

  • “Evolutsiya pamyati o zhouskom zavoyevanii Shan” (“The evolution of memory of the Zhou conquest of Shang”) in Vostok, 2016(4). In Russian.

  • “Formirovaniye sistemy posmertnyh imyon v Drevnem Kitaye po dannym pis'mennyh istochnikov” (“The formation of the system of posthumous names in Ancient China according to written sources”) in Sinologi mira k yubileyu Stanislava Kuchery (“Contributions from an international community of Sinologists on the occasion of the anniversary of Stanislav Kuczera”), Moscow: Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013. In Russian.


  • Spring 2020: “Introduction to the World's Foundational Texts”. This survey course guides students through the readings of some of the most important texts from various cultures, introducing them to the historical circumstances of their creation and some common themes that can be traced through them.

  • Fall 2020: “In Search of Ancient Chinese religion”. This bilingual English-Chinese course explores the evolution of Chinese religious practices and communities from the beginning of history till the establishment of mature religious institutions during the medieval period.

  • Spring 2021 (plan): “Introduction to Russian History”. This course is an unconventional introduction into the history of Russia as a geographic entity, which aims to highlight the importance of its fascinating and relatively poorly known Asian parts.